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Don't Be Blue: The Berries Are Ripe For The Pickin' In Shelton

Blueberry fans toil under netting to protect the delicate fruit. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
There's room for a few more in this basket. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
A berry ferry driver waits to head back from the fields Friday at Jones Family Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

SHELTON, Conn. — Rise and shine, blueberry fans!

There’s a bumper crop of the little blue beauties at Jones Family Farms just waiting for you to pick them this weekend.

Pick-your-own fans were out in force Friday, walking away with pounds of the tiny fruits that were practically jumping off the bushes.

The farm advises visitors to call Farmer Jones Crop Line — 203-929-8425 — before driving to the Pumpkinseed Hill and Valley Farm fields, as they move pick-your-own options back and forth depending on the crop.

Jones has been welcoming guests to harvest blueberries for more than 40 years. Packed with nutrients and a sweet, mild taste, they’re the perfect antidote for the dog days of summer.

The fields are open for picking from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

Jones’ winery is also in full swing, including the popular Summer Wine Downs at the Homestead Farm each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests can try some of the farm’s many wine varieties and pair them with sweet and savory snacks from the Harvest Kitchen.

Live music is on tap each Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The winery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, offers a different sangria each Friday and there are often cooking demonstrations.

For more information on the farm, picking seasons and the winery, visit J ones Family Farms’ website .

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